Students and instructors discuss how the UBC Certificate in International Development can make an impact.
If you are preparing to work in the field of international development, you need to acquire the knowledge, skills and contacts to function effectively in what may be unfamiliar or challenging circumstances.
As a graduate, you will have important intercultural and international developmental tools, techniques, strategies and networking opportunities to make a significant difference in your personal life and career.
The award-winning UBC Certificate in International Development (CID) meets the growing need for trained professionals with knowledge of and skills in international development issues.
- Delivered part-time, 100% online
- Provides practical skills and tools in international development, and a chance to examine topics in ethics, project planning and management, evaluation, migration, education and health-related issues in the field of development
- Requires completion of two required and three elective courses
- Program cost ranges from C$4,400 to C$5,865, including a non-refundable application fee
- Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
- Option to take prerequisite course before applying and being accepted into the certificate program (see Admissions and Registration section)
- Provides the knowledge and tools to assist you in your international development work
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If you want to add international development knowledge and intercultural expertise to your skill set in order to contribute more effectively to development projects, the UBC Certificate in International Development offers many advantages:
- an integrated program developed in consultation with educators and professionals from international development and intercultural fields
- experiential learning methods incorporating varied activities to accommodate different learning styles
- a balance of theory and practice to support cognitive, interpersonal and practical skills development
- a flexible learning schedule that allows participants to take the program part time or more intensively
- program electives that provide an opportunity for specialization
- small class sizes to maximize opportunities for contribution and feedback
- assignments that build on individual experience and expertise
- individualized feedback from accomplished facilitators
- references, materials and tools to support ongoing learning
- a venue for networking and alliance-building with other professionals.
Unique to this program is a focus on intercultural issues and skills in international development. Courses provide practical skills in intercultural communication, and examine the many cultural challenges to development including ethics, project planning and management, and multicultural teamwork.
Another unique aspect of this program is the opportunity to participate in a field study in Thailand or Brazil to learn directly from Southern development practitioners. Read highlights of a recent field study in Natal, Brazil.
Who It’s For
This 100% online (with the exception of the field study elective course), part-time certificate is designed for those working or planning to work in the field of international development, individuals interested in global issues and those considering future studies.
Required courses provide you with an overview of international development and intercultural communication issues while elective courses allow for specialization in specific subject areas.
This part-time program consists of two required and three elective courses.
The length of each course varies from six to seven weeks, with the exception of the field study elective, which is one week at an international location. The rest of the program is delivered 100% online and features experiential learning methods such as group discussions, skills practice, case studies, readings, practical written assignments, and online discussion/learning among the participants and course facilitators.
The online, part-time format allows you to work at your own pace and to choose which courses you wish to take. You are expected to complete the program within three years. Under exceptional circumstances, extensions may be granted. We strongly recommend taking only one course at a time if you are working or studying full time.
You are evaluated in each course on the basis of standards and competencies established by facilitators, program administrators and an advisory board. At the end of each course, you will be notified of successful or unsuccessful completion.
UBC Continuing Studies recommends that students have the following technology requirements to keep up with the program and complete projects and assignments online.
The curriculum delivers a practical, hands-on program in order to provide a broad overview of issues in international development. Your choice of electives allows you to specialize your skill set depending on your particular needs.
You should be prepared to spend approximately seven hours per week completing learning activities, which includes readings, assignments, asynchronous group discussions, and other projects. Courses in the UBC Certificate in International Development feature peer learning and are discussion-based. Respond to assigned questions by posting to an online discussion board. Everyone has access to all student postings, and your responses to each other and to the instructor form the basis of weekly discussions.
Group participation in these discussions affects all students’ learning. Posting on time and engaging with others’ work every week is key to your success and adds to the overall richness of the course for others. As such, you will be required to log in to the course website at least every other day.
Note: you have the option of taking the prerequisite course, Culture, Communication and Development, before applying to the certificate program. After that, you must apply and be accepted into the program to continue to take courses.
There are two required courses:
- Culture, Communication and Development
- Dimensions of Development
Three of the following elective courses must be taken to complete the UBC Certificate in International Development.
|Elective Courses||Format(s)||Next Offering||More|
|Education and Development (MD613)||Online||
May 4-Jun 16, 2017
|Evaluating International Development Work (MD614)||Online||
Sep 14-Oct 27, 2017
|International Field Study: Strategies for Collaboration and Sustainable Development in Northeastern Brazil (MD617)||In-class||More|
|Introduction to International Health and Development (MD610)||Online||
Mar 1-Apr 13, 2018
|Issues in International Health Delivery (MD611)||Online||
Nov 2-Dec 15, 2017
|Migration and Displacement (MD615)||Online||
Nov 2-Dec 15, 2017
|Project Planning and Proposal Writing (MD612)||Online||
Oct 26-Dec 15, 2017
|Field Study Thailand: Buddhist Economics, Sufficiency Economy, and Sustainable Livelihood (MD618)||In-class||
Courses in the UBC Certificate in International Development are taught by experienced educators, coaches and industry experts.
- Waqar Ahmad Jan
- Carolina Alvarado
- Paolo Bernasconi
- Peter Boothroyd
- Tasneem Damji
- Elizabeth Dean
- Mario Emond
- Evelyn Encalada
- Shirley Giggey
- Zack Gross
- Arzeena Hamir
- Anne Hewling
- Rosanna Hille
- Heather Johnston
- Shelley Jones
- Moussa Magassa
- Sally McLean
- Adriana Paz Ramirez
- Elizabeth Pinnington
- Michael Seear
- Rachel Speiran
- Ann Thomson
- Francisco Villegas
- Paloma Villegas
- Alejandra Zepeda
Total program costs are as follows:
- C$175 non-refundable application fee (paid at time of application)
- C$975 per prerequisite and elective course
- C$1,035 for Project Planning and Proposal Writing
- Field Study Brazil or Field Study Thailand elective (Fee TBC)
Save $100 per course if you register for all five courses at the same time (with the exception of the field study elective course). Or save $50 per course if you register prior to the earlybird deadline for each course. To register for all five courses at the same time, please contact us.
All fees are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change. Fees may be paid by Visa®, MasterCard®, cash, money order or certified cheque.
Course fees include all course materials.
Cancellation and Withdrawal Policies
- up to 10 business days prior to course start date – 100% refund less $50 administration fee OR full fee transfer to another CIS/CID course.
No refunds and no transfers:
- within 10 business days of course start date.
UBC Continuing Studies may sometimes cancel courses due to insufficient enrolment or other reasons. If this occurs, a full refund is processed and sent to you automatically. UBC Continuing Studies does not guarantee that a particular course will be offered at a particular time.
The admissions process helps to ensure that the needs, intentions and expectations of participants are adequately matched to the program's objectives and capabilities.
To accommodate learners from a variety of backgrounds, the admission requirements for the UBC Certificate in International Development are fairly broad. However, all applicants must have the following:
- at least six months of international or intercultural volunteer or work experience
- post-secondary education and/or extensive life experience
- fluency in the English language, including good written and verbal communication skills
- the academic, interpersonal and communication skills to support active participation in this dynamic program
- approximately seven hours a week to spend on a course
- minimum technology requirements as outlined in the program format section.
To discuss eligibility, prior experience and program relevance, interested participants should contact us.
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Applicants should apply at least three weeks in advance of beginning the UBC Certificate in International Development program. You have the option to register for and take the prerequisite course, Culture, Communication and Development, without applying to the program. If you complete the prerequisite course without applying to the program, and would then like to continue taking CID courses, you must apply and be accepted into the CID program to be able to register for the second prerequisite course and elective courses in the program.
Before applying to this program, please read and understand the terms and conditions in the program handbook. Download and read the handbook carefully as it contains important information about the program and its policies.
To discuss eligibility, prior experience and program relevance, please contact us.
Complete the following steps to submit your application:
- Pay the C$175 non-refundable application fee. Please note the invoice number found on the fee receipt as you will need it for the application form.
- Complete the online application form. You will need to include a letter of intent (max. 500 words). This should include personal and/or career goals, interests and program expectations.